Thanks for making it this far with my countdown. If you haven’t read parts one, two, or three, please check them out first and then come back here to continue the journey together. Your comments are welcome, as always.
Since I started to curate web articles on creativity and being an indie musician, I’ve discovered that the number of posts on any given artistic subject is huge. Artists don’t need to hunger for input. A significant number of these online journals provide useful and helpful information (or inspiration) Thousands (if not millions) of bloggers are ready to offer their advice and, depending on one’s particular artistic media, one could easily become overwhelmed with all the input.
I have to include my own posts in this same category. I have experiences of my own regarding the creative process. And so do you. This is one of the reasons that I try to always remember to specifically ask for your input (the so-called “comments”). I enjoy sharing my process and experience with you. This sharing is always turned into something much more when you join in to the dialogue.
It’s also why I continually ask of myself and now ask of you: Please.
Do what works for you!
Trying to find some blogger or guru or both to tell us what to do in order to create our art is missing the point. Art is an outpouring of experience into the creative melting pot. It is an expression of feeling, conscious and sub-conscious thought, of a spirit that is in us, but not yet fully brought to birth. In art, we see parts of the artist(s) that would otherwise stay forever in silence, shadow and stillness. Art is an illumination.
I have learned so much about creativity and art from teachers, fellow musicians, artists of other media, bloggers, and friends. Yet, when it comes time for me to make music — especially with improv – I do what flows through me and works for me.
This is the invitation I give you in my fourth post in this series: Grab all the inspiration you can. Work hard on your technique. Live life to the fullest that you can. And then as you create your art, do what works for you.
muse and music for the present moment
I look for ways to re-invigorate our human experience of life. I want us to drink up every moment with enlivening spontaneity. One of the ways I do this is with improvisation -- especially improvised music. With voice, guitar, percussion, piano (keyboards) and friends, I develop "in the moment" creations. I also play classical and pop music for the vast joy it brings to know the composers and songwriters of the past and present through their music.